Work from Home
as a Web Designer
Almost all businesses would benefit from a web site.
I was looking for a local restaurant in the yellow pages
the other day. It's fairly new, and it wasn't listed,
and a quick look on the web didn't find it either. If
they'd had a web page, I could have found a phone number,
checked opening hours, perhaps looked at a menu, and
seen whether there was a take away option. As it was,
without that information, it meant either a trip there
to check it out, or resorting to an old favourite and
the new restaurant missed out.
A lot of individuals also have their own web sites,
or maybe a blog (web log), but not many of them have
the skills to build them from scratch.
If you have skills in web design, or you are technical
and creative and can learn those skills, then this could
be work you could do from home.
As with a lot of these working at home options, you
can do it for someone else, who already has the infrastructure
set up to support the business and just needs workers
to actual do the web development. Or you could set up
your own business.
Hours of work
Unless you have a fairly standard product you can demonstrate
over the internet or by phone, then you will probably
need some face to face meetings with your clients. Initially
to determine exactly what it is they are after and to
agree your deliveries, and at the end to hand over the
finished article and to go through training with them
on how to use and maintain it. If it is a large project,
progress meetings will also be required to ensure you
are on track.
However, other than these meetings, the work itself
can be scheduled to fit around your family life and
commitments, allowing you to work while the kids are
at cschool or in the evenings.
Income from web design
If you, and your customer are clear about exactly what
you are going to deliver, then you can agree a fixed
rate for the project. This should be backed up with
a clear contract that states that any additions or ammendments
to the original requirements will need to be paid for.
This is advantageous for the customer as they know
exactly what they will be paying, as opposed to paying
by the hour. And for you, you do not need to keep a
detailed record of hours spent, which will make life
easier if you are grabbing the odd hour inbetween family
duties to make some progress.
Also, you may be able to re-use code from previous
projects and save some time, and therefore make more
money per project as you get established.
Marketing yourself as a web designer
One of the hardest things with any business is getting
established. Obvious ways of marketing yourself are
adverts in the local paper or local free publications,
on your own web site, in the yellow pages or through
word of mouth.
Perhaps offer to help set up the web site for your
playgroup or pre-school, or school. Make sure your name
or business name is listed on the site, and get agreement
that you can you it as an example of your work to show
If this is something you think you could do , but you
need more training, there are plenty of courses, including
distance education and evening classes that could help
you build the skills you need. Have a look at our Training
and Education page for more details.